If you have been arrested for a DWI in New York, you probably have some idea of what you can expect. With today's widespread access to information, many people even assume they can handle a minor case on their own just fine. Why pay a lawyer to do something you can do yourself?
When it comes to cases of driving while intoxicated, even one citation can ruin your life. A DWI ruling can mean hefty fines, jail time and a permanent criminal record that can prevent you from getting into certain schools and applying for certain jobs. While drunk driving is considered a crime, some drivers feel that they were not intoxicated when charged with the violation. There could be several causes of this, but Auto-Brewery Syndrome is increasingly gaining awareness as a possible explanation.
Losing your license as a result of a conviction for driving drunk is a common consequence throughout the country, including in New York State. Additionally, a driver's license may be revoked for refusing to submit to testing that would allow police officers to measure the driver's blood alcohol content. Once a person's license is suspended or revoked for a Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) conviction or chemical efusal, the person will have a problem getting to work or school, and meeting other responsibilities that require them to drive. Driving while on a suspended or revoked license only leads to further legal trouble, so it is best to pursue other legal options if available.
Labor Day weekend can mean more than a welcome break from work with a three day weekend of relaxing with friends and family; it can also mean an increased chance of being arrested for driving while intoxicated. New York State police and local police departments across the state have collaborated in a national campaign, "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over," which ran from August 19, 2015 to September 7, 2015.
All drivers know that getting behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking too much is a bad idea. Many individuals have had the experience of getting into the driver's seat of a car or truck and asking themselves, "Am I good to drive, right now?" Some drivers will attempt to recite the alphabet backwards or walk an imaginary straight line in an attempt to preview their performance if they were to be subject to a field sobriety test. And finally, a decision is made. Most of the time, the individual will choose to drive. But what if a technology was built into vehicles that could tell you whether you were okay to drive before the car is even turned on? That is what several anti-drunk driving groups are proposing, and the idea is gaining traction.
As much as we take driving car for granted, driving in the State of New York is considered a privilege,not a right. The state can thus choose to place certain conditions on your privileges. For example, the Implied Consent Law states that any person who operates a motor vehicle in the state shall be deemed to have given consent to chemical tests that determine that individual's blood alcohol content (BAC) if an officer suspects he or she is driving under the influence (DWI/DUI).